ALBIN M. MURAWSKI, 78, of Port Austin, Michigan, passed away April 20, 1998, at the Huron County Medical Care Facility in Bad Axe, Michigan. He was born April 9, 1920, near Port Austin, Michigan.
He was a member of the Thumb Two Cylinder Club, and a past member of the Saginaw Valley Live Steam Association. He collected many antique tractors, including nine Rumely Oil Pulls. He showed the tractors at the Port Hope Show, Caro Show, and was present at the Buckley Show inl987 and 1988 in the fall in Michigan. He attended many shows in the country, and had a strong interest in antique tractors and machinery. He was a farmer, master plumber, and a son of a blacksmith.
He had a strong family bond.
He is survived by Anna, his wife of 53 years. They had four daughters, six sons, 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son and two sisters.
His legacy is being carried on by his sons and
Submitted by Walter Murawski and family, Port Austin (Kinde), Michigan 48467.
RODNEY M. PITTS of Silverton, Oregon, passed away on March 25, 1998 at the age of 83. Rodney spent his working life farming in the Canby, Oregon, area and doing various other jobs. He held an annual steam-up on his farm in the early days of the shows during Labor Day weekend.
He was a prolific writer and a frequent contributor to the engine magazines of early on. Rod also held various official positions over a period of years for the Western Steam Friends Association.
I personally had the pleasure of meeting Rod shortly before he passed away, and it became apparent very quickly that he was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge regarding engines anywhere on the West Coast.
Rod was a true friend of the hobby and a first-class engine-man. He was the owner of a 12 HP Russell and a 16 HP Advance, both of which he sold in the mid-1970s to the younger generation to promote the hobby, taking much less than market price at the time. This was a prime example of Rod's generosity and love of the hobby.
Alas, another chapter in the history book of steam, forever
closed. Rest in peace, old friend.
Submitted by Randy E. Schwerin, Rt.2, Box 178, Sumner, Iowa 50674.
LOREN G. BOWMAN, Indiana, age 89, of Hobart, passed away September 19, 1998.
He was born March 22, 1909 in Porter County, Indiana, to the late Bill and Carrie Bowman, and was a life-long area resident. He was a member of the United Dairy Workers of America for 67 years; Organic Gardening of Valparaiso; and the Northern Indiana Power and Steam Association.
Loren Bowman provided two early plowing photos for the 1996 May/June issue of Iron Men Album. He always enjoyed visiting with friends and looking at old iron. He will be remembered saying, 'If you have any questions, ask me now.'
ARTHUR H. BLOEDE, age 83, of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away December 13, 1998 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mr. Bloede was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church; an Army Veteran of World War II; a member of Crown Point American Legion Fred Schmidt Post 20; and the V.F.W. Crown Point 6446.
He was a retired building contractor from Bloede & Sons Construction. Arthur was a member of the Southlake County Agricultural Historical Society.
Arthur Bloede enjoyed the Iron Men Album and was a big help to the Falkenberg family. He would help each year in running their engines at the Crown Point Show. His favorite spot was on the Falkenberg family's Keck-Gonnerman. When others were still sleeping, he could be found getting the engine ready for the day's work.
The two preceding memorials were submitted by Mark Corson, 9374 Roosevelt St., Crown Point, Indiana 46307.
TED GOWL, of the Baltimore, Maryland, area, died September 21, 1998 at the age of 88.
He attended or exhibited at steam shows in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina for many years.
Ted was indeed a self-made man. With only a sixth grade education, he took correspondence courses in carpentry, plumbing and electricity. When very young, he became an apprentice in an antique reproduction furniture shop. He became a skilled carpenter and became adept at making anything from cabinets and furniture to building houses. He learned the threshing business while a young man, and met his wife-to-be at the dinner table on one of his threshing jobs.
Ted was heavily involved in building his own scale, freelance steam traction engine, and it soon became a common sight at the steam shows. While most steam traction engine owners fired their engines only at the summer shows, Ted used his engine in cold weather to heat his carpenter shop. A brief write-up on Ted and pictures of his engine appeared in the July/August 1997 issue of the Iron Men Album.
Ted endured several handicaps. He could not speak normally for the past 30 years because of the removal of his 'voice box, ' and he suffered from a loss in hearing ability. Nevertheless, he cared for his late wife of 60 years when she became an invalid and was entirely dependent on him.
Ted Gowl is survived by two sons and a daughter. He will be
sorely missed by all who knew him, especially those of us who
exhibited with him at the Mason-Dixon Historical Society, Maryland
Steam Historical Society, the Eastern Shore Thresher-men &
Collectors Association, and the Shenandoah Valley Steam & Gas
Engine Association shows.
Submitted by James B. Romans, 9111 Louis Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.